Charles Gordon’s Ankle/Foot Injury

As a football player, toughness is a key characteristic for surviving hard tackles on the field. Still, even the toughest of athletes would have cringed at the painful and graphic injury sustained by Charles Gordon during the 2008-2009 NFL season. In a game against the Green Bay Packers, Gordon—playing for the Vikings—was tackled during a punt return and had his ankle rolled to the point of a fracture, which was clearly a painful injury for the cornerback.

A closer look at the injury

After catching the ball inside the 10 yard line, Gordon was immediately met by two Packers players, one of whom rolled on top of Gordon as he planted his foot to change direction on the field. This motion caused the ankle to roll under Gordon’s body and the weight of the defensive player, resulting in an injury so gruesome that it was not replayed during the broadcast. Gordon was motionless on the field and had to be lifted onto the cart by several players and then rolled off the field into the locker room.

Career-ending damage

At the time of his injury, Gordon was only in the third year of his NFL career, which he began after skipping his senior season at the University of Kansas. He was the top punt returner for the Vikings, though his career was put to a halt by the season-ending injury. The 2008-2009 season would be his last, and Gordon now has a career in coaching at the University of Northern Colorado.

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